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The Brooke Gallery

| at Fort Margherita, Kuching, Malaysia
+60 16-310 1880
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Interesting and informative exhibition in a historic building. Well maintained, with pleasant staff... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Aidasn
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Very interesting

Take the little ferry boat across the river. It's a really interesting, well presented museum... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
LMK63
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Open from 24th September 2016, the 175th anniversary of the founding of the State of Sarawak, the Brooke Gallery tells the story of one of the most remarkable kingdoms in history: Sarawak and its 'White Rajahs'. In the 1830s Sarawak, a province of the once-mighty Sultanate of Brunei in north-west Borneo, was ravaged by piratical raiding and rebellion against Brunei rule. Inspired by stories of its natural wonders and diverse indigenous cultures, a bold English adventurer, James Brooke, arrived on its shores in his yacht, Royalist, in August 1839. He was to forge a unique bond with its peoples and together they built the foundations of today's Sarawak. The displays focus on the people, places and events that have shaped the state. They take us on a journey through a century of 'White Rajah' rule that began in September 1841, was shattered by the Japanese invasion of December 1941 and ended in July 1946 with Sarawak's annexation as a British Crown Colony. The subsequent move towards political independence culminated in Sarawak's part in forming the Federation of Malaysia in September 1963.
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| at Fort Margherita, Kuching, Malaysia
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Interesting and informative exhibition in a historic building. Well maintained, with pleasant staff who were accommodating in allowing us a bit more time after closing time to see the exhibit and the fort. Glad I went!

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Take the little ferry boat across the river. It's a really interesting, well presented museum explaining the history of the White Rajahs. Staff, as always, helpful and friendly. If only other British colonisations were as good.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This gallery museum was very interesting. Learnt about how the Brooke family arrived and took control of Sarawak, and how they were so well loved by the people. The staff at the ticketing counter was excellent. Courteous and welcoming. The only problem was that It...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Most will need to take the water taxi across to the gallery. It’s well worth the effort to visit the gallery as it explains a lot about the historical background prior to Brooke’s arrival too.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fascinating visit to make to learn about the history of Sarawak and the influence of the "White Rajas". 2 hours will see you comfortably get round the exhibition and able to read all the info, but you can probably rush round a...More

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Reviewed March 20, 2018

Great place to learn about Sarawak history and how it came about. Take your time to read through the history of Sarawak and how the Brooke family establish their presence. Small place but some of the artifacts are interesting. To get there you can take...More

1  Thank joey k
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Reviewed March 13, 2018

Even without the exhibits, the building itself is pure history. You have to visit it and marvel at the stories it offers. Outside the building, what you see in the "courtyard" has some delightful stories to tell also. One of the staffers at the counter...More

1  Thank lucyang99
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Reviewed February 25, 2018

This gallery offers a thoughtful reflection on the help and important Sir James Brooke had in the making of Sarawak. It is very well put together, family friendly, and very enjoyable.

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Reviewed February 16, 2018

It was not easy to get here on foot, I circled around to find this place. It maintained very well though, and the staff was very helpful. It was a nice walk and a great way to learn more about history.

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Reviewed February 14, 2018

This is the perfect place to get info on Sarawak's Rajah and the history behind the Rajahs.The Gallery is a 3 storey mansion and at the roof top, we are able to view the sungai Rejang and the town.

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Dear Sir/Madam Greetings from the Brooke Gallery, Fort Margherita, Kuching. Thank you for the email & thank you for your school's interests in visiting us at The Brooke Gallery. For your kind information, our entrance... More
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Take the sampan to the jetty. Walk up the stairs, around the abandon school and through the grounds. About 8 mins from jetty to the fort.
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